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|Production:||1996 — 1997|
|Sucessor:||Ferrari Enzo Ferrari|
|Engines:||4.7 L V12|
|This article is part of the automobile series.|
The Ferrari F50 is a high-performance automobile made by Ferrari. The F50 was introduced in 1996 to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. The car is a two door, two seat convertible sportscar with a removable hardtop. It had a 4.7 L naturally-aspirated 5-valve V12 engine that was developed from Ferrari's Formula One car engines. The all-aluminium engine used the problematic Nikasil instead of cast iron cylinder liners.
Only 349 cars were made, one less than Ferrari estimated they could sell. This was, in the words of Ferrari spokesman Antonio Ghini, because "Ferraris are something cultural, a monument. They must be hard to find, so we will produce one less car than the market." The last F50 was produced in Maranello, Italy in July 1997.
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